Things To Do When Visiting Mani, Greece
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A trip to Mani, Greece will impress you in many ways. The peninsula of Mani has impressive architecture, spectacular landscapes, lovely villages, beaches, places of worship, and so much more. Mani is one of three peninsulas that extends from the Peloponnese. Until recently, many of the villages of Mani could only be reached via sea. Now, a narrow, winding road provides access. There is another road, which has existed for decades used for public buses of Piraeus.
Here are some things you can do when visiting Mani, Greece.
Visit Vathia (The Ghost Village)
Vathia is a traditional settlement that is located on top of a hill. The location provides amazing views of surrounding area, especially of the sea. The village of Vathia consists of approximately 70 abandoned tower houses. The houses are fortress-like and served as good protection as well as being the perfect lookout for spotting invaders. The settlement was active during the 19th century, but during the 20th century, the people would leave for other areas. Vathia is a must-see if you love exploring abandoned buildings.
Indulge in Local Cuisine
Mani is home to many restaurants and Mediterranean taverns for your dining pleasure. Imagine eating a beautiful fish dinner with a view of the Aegean Sea. Fresh fish, grilled octopus, lamb chops, stew, fried zucchini, and salads are dishes you are likely to find around the region. Kyrimai, a restaurant that specializes in using traditional products of the region in its cuisine to create Greek dishes is a wonderful choice. The products vary from season to season, making it even more special and unique. Kyrimai is located in a boutique hotel of the same name. Don’t forget to enjoy local wines with your meals!
Relax at Marmari Beach
While many of the beaches in Mani are rocky and small, Marmari Beach consists of two large, sandy bays. The water is shallow so if you have children with you, it’s a safe beach for the family. The beach areas are surrounded by barren rocky areas. The larger of the two bays features a beach bar that is open during the summer.
Explore Diros Caves
You won’t regret taking a tour of Diros Caves located 11 km south of Areopoli. The entrance to the caves is at the beach. The guides who lead the tour only speak Greek, so if your group doesn’t, you can enjoy the sites all the same. There are many passages through the cave, which is estimated to be 14 km long. After a boat ride through parts of the caves, you will walk the last 300 meters. There are many stalagmites and stalactites to admire. Diros Caves is one of the few caves to have a lake.
The tour takes about 40 minutes.
Mani, Greece has much to offer visitors. Whether you want to explore on your own or take a guided tour, there are options for both. Wherever you go, you will be surrounded by history, good food, and adventure.
This post was written by Greek Boston